I am just back from a weeks birding in the Top End of Australia. I flew into Darwin around lunchtime, and picked up my hire car before heading to East Point, a popular recreation area close to where I was staying.
When I got out of the car I immediately realised that I didn't recognise any of the bird calls that I was hearing. This is going to be interesting! The first bird looked like a fantail - yes, Northern Fantail - tick!! Next a small yellow flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher - tick!!
I had still only walked ten paces from the car. White-gaped Honeyeater - tick!! small doves on a drinking fountain - Peaceful Doves - a familiar bird from South Australia.
Overhead, hundreds of Black and Whistling Kites (photo shows Whistling Kite) and on the ground where Orange-footed Scrubfowl.
On the way to the supermarket (even birders have to eat!!) the streets were full of Frangipani blooms in whites and pinks.
Finally, as the afternoon drew to a close, a walk in the park opposite the motel yielded yet more birds. Yellow Oriole, Rufous-banded Honeyeater-tick!!, and Bar-shouldered Dove amongst them.